QMSS in the News: Spendy Students Save A2?

By Ashley Huang A recent article from Concentrate, a digital news magazine serving Washtenaw County, highlighted a study done by QMSS students on downtown Ann Arbor’s post-COVID recovery. The study was conducted along with Ann Arbor SPARK, a local economic development agency (and longtime QMSS partner), whose members oversaw and provided insight to QMSS students…

QMSS Through the Ages: Robert Cooley Angell

Written by Connor Zahler: To any U of M student, the name Angell should ring a few bells. Many LSA students have had classes in Angell Hall. Top-performing students are awarded the title of Angell Scholar. The name comes to us from James B. Angell, university president and diplomat extraordinaire. James, however, is not the…

Interesting Findings from a Student-run Greenwashing Study

Written by Suzie Shin: As collective concern for the environment and climate change continues to rise, the need to reduce waste, conserve finite natural resources, and prevent excessive pollution grows alongside it. Existing research has indicated a trend toward environmentalism amongst consumers, where people are more likely to buy a product they perceive as more…

More Podcast Recommendations for QMSS Fans

Written by Uma Hornish: Following her article about ‘The Measure of Everyday Life: Stories from Social Science podcast,’ here are a few more of Uma’s podcast recommendations for QMSS fans, including specific episodes which stood out to her.  More or Less: Behind the Statistics by BBC Radio: Description: This podcast includes brief episodes which analyze…

Podcast Review: The Measure of Everyday Life – Stories from Social Science

Written by Uma Hornish:  The importance of approaching human data with a social sciences perspective is becoming more salient as data revolution continues to amass more raw information faster than we can organize it. In recent years, there have been many podcasts dedicated to talking about the importance of quantitative analysis in understanding and advancing…

Measuring Happiness: American Individualism vs. Danish Hygge

Written by Uma Hornish:  Author Uma Hornish recounts how her study abroad experience in Denmark sparked some questions on social and cultural differences between the U.S. and other countries and the effects those differences have on happiness levels. Ultimately her questions led her to a research study called the World Happiness Report (WHR). The WHR…

The Dunning-Kruger Effect in Our Digital Domain

David Dunning, University of Michigan professor of psychology, has uncovered significant insights into the intricacies of human cognition, judgement, and decision making. His widely recognized 1999 co-authored study generated the Dunning-Kruger effect, the tendency for individuals with low ability to inaccurately assess their performance. In an interview, Professor Dunning speaks to the changing nature of…